When The Doors came to Houston in the summer of 1968

On July 10, 1968, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek points his finger in the Sam Houston Coliseum lobby. Walking behind him are band members Robby Krieger (with guitar), Jim Morrison (wearing jacket) and John Densmore. The rock band played to a full house in the Coliseum Wednesday night. (Photo: Jim Cox / Houston Post)
On July 10, 1968, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek points his finger in the Sam Houston Coliseum lobby. Walking behind him are band members Robby Krieger (with guitar), Jim Morrison (wearing jacket) and John Densmore. The rock band played to a full house in the Coliseum Wednesday night. (Photo: Jim Cox / Houston Post)
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CRAIG HLAVATY AND PUBLISHED BY CHRON ON DECEMBER 8, 2014.

Today would have been Doors lead singer Jim Morrison’s 71st birthday had he not died under mysterious rock star circumstances in Paris in July of 1971.

The singer, poet and sometimes-madman was 27 years old, making him a charter member of the 27 Club, filled with rock stars that died too soon, victims of their own misadventure.

In our “Houston Post” archives is a photo of The Doors heading to their July 10, 1968 concert at the old Sam Houston Coliseum. Doors member Ray Manzarek points ominously at the camera as they walk through the lobby of the venue. This would also be the band’s lone Houston appearance during their relatively short time together as a band.

Looking at video and pictures from the show, the band could have been lacking that night because Morrison was wearing a long leather and wool jacket inside a rock venue during a sweltering Houston summer, but hey, the Lizard King probably didn’t care.

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